Three Storied Brands Form New Hartzell Aviation

Three Storied Brands Form New Hartzell Aviation

Three Storied Brands Form New Hartzell Aviation

Tailwind Technologies, Inc., an integral part of investment holdings by brothers James W. Brown III and Joseph W. Brown, forms Hartzell Aviation, a newly named company with historic roots. The announcement was made at the 2022 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh annual airshow.

Hartzell Aviation is a growing family of brands committed to innovation and the continuous improvement of the general-aviation industry. The storied brands of the new Hartzell Aviation include Hartzell Propeller, Hartzell Aerospace Welding and Hartzell Engine Tech. Hartzell Aviation’s new website is

“The independent operating companies and products under the Hartzell Aviation banner will carry on a strong and rich tradition, with a history dating back to the Wright Brothers, when Orville encouraged his neighbor, Robert N. Hartzell, to begin manufacturing airplane propellers,” says James W. Brown III.

Joseph W. Brown adds, “This newly christened organization, with its iconic Hartzell companies and brand names, is guided by the overriding principle of 'Built on Honor,' which reflects our commitment to quality, performance and support in everything we do.”

The Hartzell Aviation umbrella brings together an array of firewall-forward products. The creation of Hartzell Aviation reinforces the three organizations’ core competencies and their joint pursuit of improving general aviation.

Hartzell Propeller

Hartzell Aviation’s flagship company is Hartzell Propeller, a provider in technologically advanced aircraft-propeller design and manufacturing for business, commercial and government customers. The next-generation propellers with blended airfoil technology are manufactured using robotics and custom resin-transfer-molding curing stations. President JJ Frigge heads the company, headquartered in Piqua, OH. For more information, visit

Hartzell Aerospace Welding

Hartzell Aerospace Welding, established as Aerospace Welding Minneapolis, is a provider in general-aviation aircraft exhaust systems and engine mount repair. The company's core competencies include certified welding, precision machining and sheet-metal fabrication. President Ryan Latham leads the company, located in Eagan, MN. Hartzell Aerospace Welding also expands with the recent acquisition of Acorn Welding, located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more information, visit

Hartzell Engine Tech

Hartzell Engine Tech, previously Hartzell Engine Technologies, offers a product portfolio consisting of Janitrol Aero, Fuelcraft, Plane-Power, Sky-Tec and AeroForce Turbocharger Systems. Together the five brands provide engine accessories and heating solutions for the general-aviation industry. Hartzell Engine Tech creates products that meet the demanding challenges of today’s aircraft systems. Precise engineering, manufacturing, inspection and certification guarantee quality and control. Company president Keith Bagley leads the organization from headquarters in Montgomery, AL. For more information, visit

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